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Wade Davis

Former NFL Cornerback; LGBT Advocate; Executive Director, You Can Play Project; Co-Creator, This is Luv Campaign

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Wade Davis Biography

Former NFL Player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and writer on gender, race, and orientation equality. Davis is currently the Vice President of Inclusion Strategy for Product at Netflix and has consulted with Google, P& G, Viacom, Bacardi and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive corporate cultures. Additionally, Davis has coached senior leaders to adapt and flex their leadership styles to meet the needs and develop their employee population.

Davis’s work to engage, educate, and help men understand what actions to take toward gender equality has included partnerships with the Ms. Foundation and Ebony Magazine where he launched the #BlackMenAndFeminism campaign and with the Ms. Foundation’s #MyFeminismIs campaign.

In addition to his work as a Global Champion for Innovation for UN Women, Davis is a founding member of VICE’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board with Gloria Steinem, Roberta Kaplan and others and is on the boards of Me Too International, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the MAD Foundation, Promundo, the Peace Studio, and Sparks + Honey. Davis is also a Global Champion for Girl Up, a program of the United Nations Foundation. Understanding the importance of engaging men around gender equity and equality, Davis built a ‘Men’s Gender Equality Development’ leadership program that launched with the United Nations 2018.

Davis is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant, and has consulted for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection of sexism, racism and homophobia by creating league-wide inclusive leadership strategies, leading inclusion-training sessions for coaches and players, and building and launching national engagement initiatives. In addition to his work in sports Davis’s further work in media has included consulting on Oscar winner John Ridley’s series, American Crime, where he also filmed a co-star role.

In 2012, Davis became the Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination, sexism, and homophobia in sports. Davis currently serves as an advisor on professional sports outreach for You Can Play, facilitating internal and external conversations around inclusion, leadership, unpacking structural biases and reforming culture.

A former national surrogate for President Obama, Davis has been an Adjunct Professor at both the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business and the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. Davis gave his first TEDx Talk at the University of Florida entitled: The Mask of Masculinity, and works to engage men through a variety of vehicles to become more self-reflective and divest in patriarchal practices. He continues to lecture on the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and sports at universities nationally and internationally.

Davis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University for his leadership and ongoing efforts to eradicate homophobia and sexism in athletics. He is currently at work on his first book.

Speaking Topics
  • LGBT & Sports: The Coming Out Process

    As a former NFL player and one of the few openly gay former professional athletes, Wade shares his own coming out process and the work he does as an LGBT consultant for the NFL and as Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization with partnership with including the NHL, MLS, CFL and others.

  • At Risk vs. At Promise: Defining Inner City Youth

    When working in marginalized communities, the words and the language that we use matters, and how we talk about the young people we are trying to impact can determine how we show up – as social justice advocates or as saviors. Do we see their promise? Do we see them as we look at ourselves in the mirror? While working with marginalized youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, teaching at the Harvey Milk High School, and creating the country’s only inner city LGBT sports camp, Wade explains how to embody this idea of fictive kinship and see the promise in young people.

  • Masculinity: An Imaginary Friend

    How do you define masculinity? Wade defines masculinity as an imaginary friend, and if left unchecked, masculinity can be highly toxic. Through his teachings and training, he’s learned we must do the work to unlearn the seductive nature of sexism and toxic masculinity, and move to create space for all without stigma and shame being attached. Wade talks about the work he’s done to undo the constraints of perceived masculinity, and move forward in a positive way.

  • Intentional Diversity & Inclusion

    Have we emptied the true meaning of intersectionality by only changing the optics of organizations, without understanding the structural and institutional challenges that go unnoticed? Through practical and tangible examples, see how Wade can help your business evolve into a space where diversity and inclusion become part of your organizational DNA.

  • Sexism: How Ending Sexist Oppression Will Free Men

    Far too often we imagine that ending sexism impacts only women. Yet if we re-imagine the gender roles and expand our understanding of masculinity and femininity, men benefit from the expansion: how they can show up in the world without the pressures of performing toxic forms of hyper masculinity. Wade explores his own dialog with feminism, tools to be pro-active about ending the sexist dialog, and leads conversation around the topic.

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Wade Davis Biography

Former NFL Player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and writer on gender, race, and orientation equality. Davis is currently the Vice President of Inclusion Strategy for Product at Netflix and has consulted with Google, P& G, Viacom, Bacardi and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive corporate cultures. Additionally, Davis has coached senior leaders to adapt and flex their leadership styles to meet the needs and develop their employee population.

Davis’s work to engage, educate, and help men understand what actions to take toward gender equality has included partnerships with the Ms. Foundation and Ebony Magazine where he launched the #BlackMenAndFeminism campaign and with the Ms. Foundation’s #MyFeminismIs campaign.

In addition to his work as a Global Champion for Innovation for UN Women, Davis is a founding member of VICE’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board with Gloria Steinem, Roberta Kaplan and others and is on the boards of Me Too International, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the MAD Foundation, Promundo, the Peace Studio, and Sparks + Honey. Davis is also a Global Champion for Girl Up, a program of the United Nations Foundation. Understanding the importance of engaging men around gender equity and equality, Davis built a ‘Men’s Gender Equality Development’ leadership program that launched with the United Nations 2018.

Davis is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant, and has consulted for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection of sexism, racism and homophobia by creating league-wide inclusive leadership strategies, leading inclusion-training sessions for coaches and players, and building and launching national engagement initiatives. In addition to his work in sports Davis’s further work in media has included consulting on Oscar winner John Ridley’s series, American Crime, where he also filmed a co-star role.

In 2012, Davis became the Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination, sexism, and homophobia in sports. Davis currently serves as an advisor on professional sports outreach for You Can Play, facilitating internal and external conversations around inclusion, leadership, unpacking structural biases and reforming culture.

A former national surrogate for President Obama, Davis has been an Adjunct Professor at both the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business and the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. Davis gave his first TEDx Talk at the University of Florida entitled: The Mask of Masculinity, and works to engage men through a variety of vehicles to become more self-reflective and divest in patriarchal practices. He continues to lecture on the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and sports at universities nationally and internationally.

Davis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University for his leadership and ongoing efforts to eradicate homophobia and sexism in athletics. He is currently at work on his first book.

Wade Davis Speaking Topics

  • LGBT & Sports: The Coming Out Process

    As a former NFL player and one of the few openly gay former professional athletes, Wade shares his own coming out process and the work he does as an LGBT consultant for the NFL and as Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization with partnership with including the NHL, MLS, CFL and others.

  • At Risk vs. At Promise: Defining Inner City Youth

    When working in marginalized communities, the words and the language that we use matters, and how we talk about the young people we are trying to impact can determine how we show up – as social justice advocates or as saviors. Do we see their promise? Do we see them as we look at ourselves in the mirror? While working with marginalized youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, teaching at the Harvey Milk High School, and creating the country’s only inner city LGBT sports camp, Wade explains how to embody this idea of fictive kinship and see the promise in young people.

  • Masculinity: An Imaginary Friend

    How do you define masculinity? Wade defines masculinity as an imaginary friend, and if left unchecked, masculinity can be highly toxic. Through his teachings and training, he’s learned we must do the work to unlearn the seductive nature of sexism and toxic masculinity, and move to create space for all without stigma and shame being attached. Wade talks about the work he’s done to undo the constraints of perceived masculinity, and move forward in a positive way.

  • Intentional Diversity & Inclusion

    Have we emptied the true meaning of intersectionality by only changing the optics of organizations, without understanding the structural and institutional challenges that go unnoticed? Through practical and tangible examples, see how Wade can help your business evolve into a space where diversity and inclusion become part of your organizational DNA.

  • Sexism: How Ending Sexist Oppression Will Free Men

    Far too often we imagine that ending sexism impacts only women. Yet if we re-imagine the gender roles and expand our understanding of masculinity and femininity, men benefit from the expansion: how they can show up in the world without the pressures of performing toxic forms of hyper masculinity. Wade explores his own dialog with feminism, tools to be pro-active about ending the sexist dialog, and leads conversation around the topic.

Wade Davis Videos

  • 2019 Points of Light Conference: Wade Davis
    Former NFL player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and consultant on gender, race, and orientation equality.
  • How to Be a Male Ally
    Amid the rapid changes that #MeToo has provoked, there are new challenges to gender dynamics at work — some promising, and some alarming. What can...
  • Feminism Should end Patriarchy - Wade Davis
    Former NFL player Wade Davis is a thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. While in the NFL,...

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FAQs on booking Wade Davis

  • How to book Wade Davis?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Wade Davis for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Wade Davis, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Wade Davis or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Wade Davis?

    Booking fees for Wade Davis, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Wade Davis, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Wade Davis?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Wade Davis for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Wade Davis for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Wade Davis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Wade Davis or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Wade Davis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as LGBT & Sports: The Coming Out Process, At Risk vs. At Promise: Defining Inner City Youth, Masculinity: An Imaginary Friend, Intentional Diversity & Inclusion and Sexism: How Ending Sexist Oppression Will Free Men. The estimated speaking fee range to book Wade Davis for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Wade Davis generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jason Collins, Geena Rocero, Shane Ortega, Chella Man and Katie Sowers. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Wade Davis for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Wade Davis Speaking Topics

  • LGBT & Sports: The Coming Out Process

    As a former NFL player and one of the few openly gay former professional athletes, Wade shares his own coming out process and the work he does as an LGBT consultant for the NFL and as Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization with partnership with including the NHL, MLS, CFL and others.

  • At Risk vs. At Promise: Defining Inner City Youth

    When working in marginalized communities, the words and the language that we use matters, and how we talk about the young people we are trying to impact can determine how we show up – as social justice advocates or as saviors. Do we see their promise? Do we see them as we look at ourselves in the mirror? While working with marginalized youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, teaching at the Harvey Milk High School, and creating the country’s only inner city LGBT sports camp, Wade explains how to embody this idea of fictive kinship and see the promise in young people.

  • Masculinity: An Imaginary Friend

    How do you define masculinity? Wade defines masculinity as an imaginary friend, and if left unchecked, masculinity can be highly toxic. Through his teachings and training, he’s learned we must do the work to unlearn the seductive nature of sexism and toxic masculinity, and move to create space for all without stigma and shame being attached. Wade talks about the work he’s done to undo the constraints of perceived masculinity, and move forward in a positive way.

  • Intentional Diversity & Inclusion

    Have we emptied the true meaning of intersectionality by only changing the optics of organizations, without understanding the structural and institutional challenges that go unnoticed? Through practical and tangible examples, see how Wade can help your business evolve into a space where diversity and inclusion become part of your organizational DNA.

  • Sexism: How Ending Sexist Oppression Will Free Men

    Far too often we imagine that ending sexism impacts only women. Yet if we re-imagine the gender roles and expand our understanding of masculinity and femininity, men benefit from the expansion: how they can show up in the world without the pressures of performing toxic forms of hyper masculinity. Wade explores his own dialog with feminism, tools to be pro-active about ending the sexist dialog, and leads conversation around the topic.

Wade Davis Speaker Videos

  • 2019 Points of Light Conference: Wade Davis
    Former NFL player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and consultant on gender, race, and orientation equality.
    How to Be a Male Ally
    Amid the rapid changes that #MeToo has provoked, there are new challenges to gender dynamics at work — some promising, and some alarming. What can men do to play a full role in this moment of...
  • Feminism Should end Patriarchy - Wade Davis
    Former NFL player Wade Davis is a thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. While in the NFL, Davis played for the Tennessee Titans, the...
    The Mask of Masculinity | Wade Davis | TEDxUF
    Wade Davis, an ex-NFL player for the Titans, Redskins, and Seahawks, shares a gripping story of growing up gay in the world of football and urges us to reconsider our definitions of...

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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